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Roberts honored for outstanding achievement at University of the Cumberlands


Dr. Jim Taylor, president, University of the Cumberlands, presents the 2009 Berger Award to Lesley Roberts during Commencement on May 9.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— Lesley Roberts, the daughter of Rick and Debbie Roberts of Connorsville, Ind., received several honors during Honors Day and Commencement at University of the Cumberlands. C

Roberts received the Biology Award during the 50th annual Honors Day Convocation on April 27. A member of Zeta Gamma Chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, Roberts also was recognized as a Student of High Honor and was inducted into the J.T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society.

The J. T. Vallandingham Scholastic Honor Society requires each member to have completed at least 96 semester hours as a full-time student and have a GPA of 3.5 or better each semester. Students must also have a cumulative standing of 3.7 or better. The society is named for John Thompson Vallandingham, who served Cumberlands for more than sixty years in a variety of positions, including dean of men and associate professor of mathematics.

During Commencement on May 9, Roberts received a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in biology and a chemistry minor. She graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA and the distinction of summa cum laude. She also received one of the two H.N. and Frances Berger Awards.

Each year during Commencement exercises, University of the Cumberlands honors the most outstanding female and male members of the graduating class with the H. N. and Frances Berger Award. This award is presented to those students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community as a whole.

Both a Presidential Scholar and a Hearst Scholar, Roberts has not only demonstrated her academic gifts but also her gifts of service and leadership on and off campus. On campus, she performed with the chamber choir and madrigal dinners. She has been a long-time tutor in the academic resource center, and a resident assistant for her dormitory. Off campus, she volunteered for hospice at a nursing home in Jellico. Her future plans include entering a physician’s assistant program. Her nomination letter for the Berger Award included the following statement, “Her Christian spirit is always shining forth. She brings an infectious enthusiasm to any situation, and has excellent potential for future contributions to society.”